The Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada released a unique survey on May 23rd, where Canadian youth as young as 8 years old answered the question “what makes you feel confident?” The survey showed that 83% of Canadian youth feel they can make a difference in the world and their communities, when they are loved and supported by family, friends and adult mentors. The survey, conducted by international research consultancy GlobeScan and shaped by young people themselves, found that adults, be they parents, family, teachers, mentors or role models, play a key role in helping youth feel confident and good about themselves through encouragement, support, guidance and love.
This survey was one of the most comprehensive of its kind ever conducted in Canada and one of the first to listen to kids aged 8-12. More than 3,000 Canadian youth, aged 8 to 24, completed a 10 minute survey.
Across all age groups, 42% of Canadian youth say that feeling loved builds their confidence.
The secondary drivers of confidence shift according to age group:
- 37% of youth aged 8-12 years old say that being good at something is an important factor in feeling good about themselves.
- 34% of youth aged 13-17 years old are confident when they are doing well in school.
- 30% of young adults aged 18-24 years old say that being recognized for something they did well makes them feel more confident.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada has launched the “World According to Us,” a platform where Canadian youth can voice their thoughts, opinions, and creative solutions on issues that affect their lives. To learn more visit: www.theworldaccordingtous.ca
For more information on the survey results and the “World According to Us” platform, please visit http://theworldaccordingtous.ca/en/national-youth-opinion-survey-2013-media-page